The primary 'Anonymous' account behind the hacktivist collective's "Operation ISIS" is claiming to have stopped a terrorist attack in Italy. They claim that they are also working to stop others.
As the Independent reports,
“In this month we are working in silence,” a now-deleted tweet that was posted on Christmas Day read. “We have already foiled one attack, Isis against Italy, we hope to block others.”
The account then posted another tweet the following day, threatening more attacks against supporters of the group.
“We’re digging your graves,” it said. “We have found you, we are in your accounts and phones, the nightmare is about to begin.
“Isis will implode.”
After the group deleted those tweets, they followed up with tweets confirming that they have stopped an attack.
Of course, the group was met with skepticism from all sides but they noted that no one needs to believe them in order for justice to be served.
Since the attacks in Paris, Anonymous has made its vision of eviscerating ISIS devastatingly clear. Immediately after the attacks, tens of thousands of social media accounts with links to the terrorist regime were taken offline. But that was only the beginning.
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Last month, the Free Thought Project reported on Anonymous’ move to publish a ‘Guide to Fighting ISIS Online.’
The release of this guide enlisted the talents of amateur hackers worldwide, and the results have been nothing short of phenomenal.
The guide was published in an IRC (internet relay chat) channel by a member of the hacker group. That member released the guide, along with the following message.
“Instead of sitting idle in the [chat] channel or lurking around and doing nothing, you can benefit greatly from the different tools and guides that have been provided to you,”he wrote. “Your contribution means a lot and we encourage you to partake in all of the Op’s activities if you can, the more the merrier.”
After it was revealed that ISIS is being aided and supported by Turkey, Anonymous launched a massive attack against the NATO country last week. In an extensive DDoS attack, the group took down some 40,000 Turkish servers.
While many have been critical of Anonymous's digital attacks, claiming that they do not hurt ISIS, news of them stopping a physical attack is sure to rattle some cages.
As the fight against terror becomes a vigilante operation, one thing is certain, Anonymous is here to stay and a force to surely be reckoned with.